CREEPY CLASSICS & SCARY MONSTERS present:
Below is last year's programming schedule, the 2019 schedule coming soon...
Subject to weird transformation, keep checking back!
***All films shown that are in print will be available for sale on site, from the legal copyright owners. See a display of MCA/Universal product, Columbia Tri-Star, MGM Home Video, Criterion, Image, Fox and others.
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Zach Zito will perform Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Body Snatcher." Guest live actors Donnie Dunagan, Janet Ann Gallow and maybe Sharyn Moffett (who starred in the movi from 1945!).
Friday - Sunday, October 19-21, 2018
DEALER HOURS & GUEST OF HONOR SIGNING HOURS 3PM-9PM
MOVIE ROOM HOURS 9:00AM-2:00AM
Please note that this schedule is a work in progress and is subject to weird transformation.
THURSDAY October 18, 2018
Pre-Bash: For people coming in early for Monster Bash, Ron Adams will run rare films in the afternoon and then projectionist Geoffrey Curtis will be doing his un-announced MYSTERY MOVIES! Screening various 16mm films through the evening at various times.
Above: Geoffrey Curtis ready to roll surprise films on Thursday evening for people in early.
FRIDAY October 19, 2018
DEALER & GUEST OF HONOR SIGNING HOURS 3 PM - 9 PM
MOVIE ROOM HOURS 9:00 AM - 3:00 AM
9:00 AM - 16mm FILM: MONSTERS WE'VE KNOWN AND LOVED. It's our traditional opening short film. A documentary produced back in 1964. A look at the classics from the early days through the eyes of 1964. Narrated by Joseph Cotten. Introduced with a welcome to the Monster Bash by Ron Adams.
Above: Bill Diamond with his favorite vegetation that he found in a "Little Shoppe."
10:00 AM - BILL DIAMOND PRODUCTIONS: Bill and monster muppet "Gorgo" will entertain and tell you all about the upcoming projects of MONSTER TV and his association with Cortlandt Hull's THE WITCH'S DUNGEON.
11:00 AM - MOVIE: FRANKENSTEIN 1970 (1958). Stars Boris Karloff and MONSTER BASH Guest Charlotte Austin. Karloff plays Dr. Frankenstein working on a new monster. A film crew are using his castle and... regretting it. Charlotte plays Judy Stevens in the film.
12:30 PM - MOVIE: THE GORILLA (1939). Bela Lugosi and Lionel Atwill are the heavies with comedy relief provided by the Ritz Brothers (Fox's mix of Stooges/ Marx Brothers). A slick production with effective stormy night scenes in a spooky mansion. Hidden panels, shadows and mystery.
2:00 PM - MOVIE: GORILLA AT LARGE (1954). Stars Cameron Mitchell, Anne Bancroft, Lee J. Cobb, Raymond, Lee Marvin and MONSTER BASH guest Charllotte Austin! The air of the traveling carnivals and circuses from a time gone by....the sawdust, carnival barkers, fun houses, wild animals...and, in this case, murder. A wild murderous gorilla is loose and is killing, or is it one of the cast carnival players in a suit. A quirky mystery-thriller with a top-notch cast. Originally shot in 3-D.
3:30 PM - MOVIE: NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968). Classic story of radiation from outer space bringing the dead back to life...if that weren't bad enough, they think living people taste pretty good. George Romero directed. Monster Bash Guest John Russo co-wrote and became on of the ghouls too!
5:00 PM - Q&A: JOHN RUSSO. Co-writer of the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968) and on screen ghoul. John has continued to work in the field with many horror projects...directing, writing, acting and teaching too. John is a Pittsburgh treasure! Moderated by John Bishop.
5:30 PM - MOVIE: WHO KILLED DOC ROBBIN? (1948). Stars George Zucco, Whitford Kane, Virginia Grey, Larry Olsen, Eilene Janssen and Ardda Lynwood. The beginnings of an attempted new series of "Little Rascals" type films. This feature has a bunch of distinctive children actors getting mixed up with a nutty inventor. The inventor has a run in with a strange doctor (George Zucco) and is accused of murder. The festivities end up in a spooky mansion with the kids, secret panels and a big gorilla!
6:30 PM -MONSTER KID THEATER: Joshua Kennedy's short film THE ST. AUGUSTINE MONSTER. A stunning short film. An amazing accomplishment for the rising filmmaker Joshua Kennedy. Think THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI meets H.P. Lovecraft meets THE GREEN SLIME. Creepy effects and excellent silent-era acting style that is just perfect. Expressionistic horror. Do not miss it. This will be one of the most talked about films of the BASH!
7:00 PM -TALK: THE KING KONG STORY with Ted McKosky. The genesis of the classic KING KONG (1933) from the adventures of Paul Du Chaillu (confirmed the existence of gorillas in the 1860s), backgrounds on Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack, Willis O'Brien and Murray Spivack. The technological innovations and the continued reverberations of the film in our culture.
8:00 PM - MOVIE: THE BRIDE AND THE BEAST (1958). Written by Ed Wood. A monster gorilla attracts the interest of newly wed...but, she's not sure why. Perhaps it's because she was "Queen of Gorillas" in a previous life. Incarnation and total weirdness in this outrageously fun film starring MONSTER BASH guest Charlotte Austin!
9:30 PM - Q&A: CHARLOTTE AUSTIN. Wow! We are so grateful to have Charlotte Austin join the ranks of MONSTER BASH Guests of Honor. Her credits include fan favorites: GORILLA AT LARGE (with Raymond Burr and Anne Bancroft), FRANKENSTEIN 1970 (with Boris Karloff), THE MAN WHO TURNED TO SONE and the Ed Wood scripted THE BRIDE AND THE BEAST! She's worked with Cary Grany, Marlon Brando and Marilyn Monroe to just name a few. She's a songwriter and actress. Moderated by Tom Weaver.
10:00 PM - STOOGE THEATER hosted by Ohio TV Horror Host SON OF GHOUL: Three, Three Stooge shorts that will get you rolling into a Friday night here at MONSTER BASH. Get ready for Moe, Larry, Curly and maybe even a little Shemp!
11:00 PM -MEXICAN MONSTER NIGHT: THE WORLD OF THE VAMPIRES (1961). Music is tied into the rituals of vampires. When a vampire king tickles the ivories, he can put ladies under his power. Really creepy and weird. This theme was explored previously with John Carradine at the piano in HOUSE OF DRACULA, then later with Hammer in KISS OF THE VAMPIRE. One VERY memorable scene features a bat flapping in the high corner of a dark room, it's head suddenly becoming that of a female vampire in miniature. Scared me when I was a kid! You'll never forget the organ made of bones and skulls deep in underground caverns either!
The movie is dubbed in English. Introduced by your Mexican Monster Night host, author of THE MEXICAN MASKED WRESTLER AND MONSTER FILMOGRAPHY - Roberto Cotter.
Free tacos and burritos (while they last).
12:30 AM - SPOOK SHOW & MOVIE: THE APE MAN (1943) One of poverty row's most infamous films. Bela Lugosi stars with Wallace Ford and Louise Currie. Lugosi transforms into a cross between an ape and Abraham Lincoln. Snappy forties fun. Introduced by an old fashioned Spook Show that will chill and thrill the audience...can you take it? Spook show by Leonard Hayhurst, Thom Shubila, Paisley Adams and a gorilla!
2:00 AM - THE BASH LATE MOVIE: THE LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK (1973). Stars many people from the town of Foulk, Arkansas. A bigfoot-like hairy giant is said to roam the swamps and forest near a small town in Arkansas. The film is a series of "re-created" actual events and interviews from the people who have claimed to encountered the beast. Semi-documentary, semi-drama of an unknown monster. A very nostalgic feel; especially the opening with a kid in the early 1970s running across fields.
SATURDAY October 20, 2018
DEALER HOURS & GUEST OF HONOR SIGNING HOURS 10AM-6PM
MOVIE ROOM HOURS 8:00AM-2:00AM
9:00 AM - SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS & CEREAL. Cartoons for kids of all ages. Plus, FREE cereal is passed out to the audience...just the way Saturday morning used to be growing up...cartoons and cereal. Hosted by TV horror host SON OF GHOUL!
10:00 AM - MOVIE: HAUNTED GOLD (1932) Stars John Wayne, Sheila Terry, Erville Alderson and Harry Woods. John Wayne as "Mason," and his sidekick (played by Blue Washington) return to a small ghost town to reclaim Mason's part interest in an abandoned gold mine. He meets the other trustee, played by Sheila Terry) and together they find mystery and murder. A truly "Weird Western" with a haunted ranch house, a mysterious phantom of the mine and dark passages. One of the best spooky westerns! Note: There is some non-PC content in this film, if that will offend you, you might want to pass on this one.
11:30 PM - MOVIE: DESTROY ALL PLANETS (1968) Stars Gamera. Squid-Monster from another world travels to earth along with ping pong ball-like spaceships. Gamera must save the Boy Scouts and the World (can't forget everybody else!) from total destruction. Rubber suited turtle monsters rule. Stars Monster Bash Guest Carl Craig.
1:00 PM - Q&A: CARL CRAIG. Eleven year old Carl Craig became an instant star in Japan and the United Sates with his only acting job in which he co-starred with Gamera! He played Boy Scout Jim Morgan in DESTROY ALL PLANETS (also known as GAMERA VS. VIRAS) (1968). He later became a US Air Force pilot (which he dreamed of becoming), and later, a US Customs Service pilot. He was also an advisor on the USA Presidental staff. He's happy to discuss how a giant reptile from Japan gave him film stardom! Moderated by Bob Pellegrino.
1:30 PM - MOVIE: SINBAD AND THE EYE OF THE TIGER (1977). Ray Harryhausen film starring MONSTER BASH guest Patrick Wayne and Jane Seymour.
3:30 PM - TALK: 85 YEAR ANNIVERSARY, THE LEGEND: KING KONG with Frank Dello Stritto. "KONG, WE HARDLY KNEW YA"--Kong roamed across Skull Island and Manhattan, and writer Frank Dello Stritto follows him every step of the way, finding new secrets in the greatest of all monster movies. Has everything about KING KONG been written and said? Decide for yourself. Frank's talks are entertaining and informative and frequently interactive!
4:30 PM - MILLION DOLLAR MOVIE: KING KONG (1933). The original 1933 classic with Robert Armstrong, Fay Wray and Bruce Cabot. An enterprising promoter (Armstrong) and a young beauty (Fay Wray) travel to Skull Island. Dinosaurs and the mighty ape -- KONG, preside there. Armstrong captures the giant ape and brings it back to New York. Kong escapes and knocks New York on its ear. A classic that has truly endured for 85 years strong. Special pre-recorded introduction specifically for MONSTER BASH by Fay Wray's daughter, Vicki.
5:30PM - LAST CALL FOR THE DEALER BALLROOM TODAY. Get your groovy, ghoulish goodies before the dealer room closes. Quick! Only a half hour left for shopping in the Dealer Ballroom today. If you don't get it now, you might never see that item again!
6:30 PM - BRAIN TWISTER QUIZ SHOW with Tom Weaver. You better start studying....this is a fast-paced, no holds barred quiz show. A quiz on your knowledge of classic horror and science fiction films. A huge grand prize of blu-rays, DVDs, books, monster magazines and t-shirt! Plus, consolation
7:30 PM - Q&A: PATRICK WAYNE. He starred as Sinbad in Ray Harryhausen's SINBAD AND THE EYE OF THE TIGER. He's also in feature films: THE PEOPLE THAT TIME FORGOT, BEYOND ATLANTIS, McLINTOCK, THE SEARCHERS, THE QUIET MAN, MISTER ROBERTS, THE ALAMO, SHENANDOAH, DONOVAN'S REEF and many more. Other credits include TV's THEY CAME FROM OUTER SPACE, ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS, YOUNG GUNS, MURDER SHE WROTE, HAVE GUN - WILL TRAVEL, FANTASY ISLAND, CHARLIE'S ANGELS, MARCUS WELBY M.D., McCLOUD, LOVE AMERICAN STYLE, VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA and plenty more! He's looking forward to meeting you, talking about his long career, and about the guy he called "Dad." Moderated by John Bishop.
8:00 PM - HALLOWEEN SPECIAL: LIZARD'S LEG & OWLET'S WING. Stars Martin Milner, George Maharis, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr., and Peter Lorre. The 1962 special Halloween edition of the TV show ROUTE 66. It feaatures Boris Karloff in the Frankenstein Monster make-up for the very last time, Lon Chaney, Jr. in the Wolf Man and Mummy make-up for the very last time...and the FIRST time he was made-up as his dad's Quasimodo - The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Plus you have Peter Lorre, as well, a caped, creepy...Peter Lorre.
9:00 PM - Q&A SESSION: LINDA MILLER. We are proud to have Linda Miller as part of our KONG celebration...Linda was the star of KING KONG ESCAPES! You'll also remember her from cult favorite THE GREEN SLIME. She also had an appearance in the classic TV show MY THREE SONS. Moderated by Ron Adams.
10:00 PM - LET THEM EAT CAKE! The famous MONSTER BASH cake feeding frenzy. Giant, atomic monster sized sheet cakes are served up by the MONSTR BASH staff to fans for as long as it lasts. Think ahead...chocolate or yellow cake...some hard of a decision! A a nice break and the kick-off for Saturday night MONSTER BASH madness.
OUTDOOR SATURDAY NIGHT BEGINS
The following event will take place in the grassy area out front of the hotel. We'll have a sound system and do our drive-in style open air movie. Pending weather.
If it is raining, or the temperature will be below 60 degrees, this movie will take place inside.
10:30 PM OUTDOOR MOVIE: THE GREEN SLIME (1968) Featuring MONSTER BASH guest, Linda Miller! Astronauts aboard the Gamma III are infiltrated by an alien lifeforce...The Green Slime! Tentacled monsters are out to do away with the pesky humans. Remember the cool old Famous Monsters magazine cover that featured THE GREEN SLIME?
....and, back inside
Above: The prize toss, besides beach balls, get ready for the flinging of free DVDs, Blu-Rays, Monster Magazines, Monster Toys and more!
12:00 MIDNIGHT BIG EVENT - THE MONSTER BASH "FESTIVAL OF THE NEW WINE Song." A Monster Bash tradition. Bob Pellegrino sings the "Festival of the New Wine" from FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN. Plus, the great free prize toss, this year featuring magazines, Blu-Rays, DVDs, and just plain cool Monster Kid stuff. WARNING: If you do not wish to get hit by flying free stuff, do not stay in the room for this event. Enter and stay at your own risk. Thanks to Creepy Classics, Scary Monsters for providing the cool prizes for....what else?....our PRIZE TOSS! We'll kick off the midnight fun with the Monster Bash Lifetime Achievement Awards.
12:30AM - LIVE THEATER: The Monkeys in the Rue Morgue. Actor Zach Zito performs a mash-up of different works, mostly Poe, Jules Verne and W.W. Jacobs. The framework is Poe's "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," with Jacobs' terrific ghost story, "The Monkey's Paw" and a scene from Verne's " A Journey to the Center of the Earth" (the fight over the fate of a sailor between the Ape Gigans and the giant Shark-Crocodile) worked in.
A DO NOT MISS EVENT!
If you've never seen Zach perform before, you are in for a real treat! An amazing stage actor with incredible intensity that will grip you to the bone.
1:30 AM -THE BASH LATE MOVIE: MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE (1932). The role Lugosi took instead of the monster in FRANKENSTEIN. Excellent direction from Robert Florey....creepy, adventuresome and fun. Inventive camera angles from director Florey.
SUNDAY October 21, 2018
DEALER HOURS, GUEST SIGNING HOURS 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
MOVIE ROOM HOURS 9:00AM-5:00PM
MAKE THIS YOUR LAST CHANCE SHOPPING DAY! YOU MIGHT NEVER SEE THOSE COOL ITEMS IN THE DEALER ROOM AGAIN. Sunday is shopping day at BASH. In between our final great programming you have to hit the dealer ballroom. Hurry before that person that was next to you in the hallways gets that rare item you really wanted! Note: Some guests will be catching flights, so get them early.
8:00 AM - MONSTER BASH MASS. Father Mike returns to give Mass at Monster Bash. All denominations are welcome. Yes, Father Mike is a real priest from Ohio. Attendees don't have to go out looking for a church. We do it here with all your friends.
9:00 AM - SUNDAY MORNING FILM SHORTS. Two spooky episodes from the Little Rascals canon: OUR GANG FOLLIES OF 1936 (1929) Spanky, Alfalfa (Carl Switzer), Buckwheat (Billie Thomas) and the rest of the gang are putting on one of their famous variety shows. One of the acts opens in a moonlit graveyard. A spirit whistles past overhead. SPOOKY HOOKY (1934) Alfalfa, Spanky, Buckwheat and Porky try to get out of school to go to a circus. The plan backfires and they must sneak back into the school, late at night, during a thunderstorm.
10:00 AM - MOVIE: ROBOT MONSTER (1953). Starring MONSTER BASH guest Gregory Moffett. The Robot Monster has reached earth and its looking for humans to take back to its own planet! This is one of the greatest, nutty sci-fi flicks of all time. The Robot Monster is an ape suit with a deep sea diving helmet for a head. The science fiction film that rocks!
Robot Monster licensed thru the Wade Williams Collection.
11:30 AM - Q&A: GREGORY MOFFETT. He has a background of working with big gorilla-men too....he was the kid star of ROBOT MONSTER. Its one of the most beloved "bad movies" of all time. Plus, Greg has been in THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN with George Reeves. Plus, classic TV's HIGHWAY PATROL and SCIENCE FICTION THEATRE. Moderated by Bob Pellegrino.
12:00 NOON - MOVIE: AFRICA SCREAMS (1951). It's Sunday, church is over and it's time for Abbott and Costello! In this feature, Bud and Lou in Africa....and look out, there's a giant gorilla!
1:30 PM - MILLION DOLLAR MOVIE: KING KONG (1933). The original 1933 classic with Robert Armstrong, Fay Wray and Bruce Cabot. An enterprising promoter (Armstrong) and a young beauty (Fay Wray) travel to Skull Island. Dinosaurs and the mighty ape -- KONG, preside there. Armstrong captures the giant ape and brings it back to New York. Kong escapes and knocks New York on its ear. A classic that has truly endured for 85 years strong. Special pre-recorded introduction specifically for MONSTER BASH by Fay Wray's daughter, Vicki.
3:30 PM - MOVIE: SON OF KONG (1933). Robert Armstrong is back and headed for Skull Island after his fiasco with bringing King Kong to civilization. He's running from lawsuits and what does he happen upon, but more dinosaurs AND a "baby" Kong (only as big as a small house). The lovely Helen Mack is along for the ride as is Frank Reicher, back as the captain. Willis O'Brien special effects!
4:30 PM - LAST CALL FOR THE DEALER BALLROOM TODAY. Get your groovy, ghoulish goodies before the dealer room closes. Quick!
See you in June:
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